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Fundraiser dinner planned to help Bullskin family

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Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

A fire of unknown origin ripped through the mobile home of Carl Wiltrout Jr. of Bullskin on the morning of Jan. 14, leaving the widower and his three children homeless.

The three-alarm fire damaged a large part of the structure. The family was not home at the time. A neighbor reported the blaze. It is reported Wiltrout and his family are staying with relatives.

Members of Wiltrout's church, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, have planned a spaghetti dinner, with proceeds benefitting the family.

“They didn't have any insurance. That is why we decided to have this fundraiser for them,” parishioner and friend Donna Welsh said. “We just felt that since he didn't have any insurance or anything, that we could help.”

Welsh and other volunteers have been planning the dinner, which will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the church.

“Some people at the church were talking, and we knew that we had to do something,” Welsh said. “We have a lot of good people in our church who are volunteering, and the kids from the Sunday School class will also be helping with the serving.”

Welsh said the meal will be prepared that morning, to be served throughout the day.

All of the supplies for the meal were donated by church members. All of the cooking and serving will be done by the volunteers.

In addition to the spaghetti dinner, a craft sale will be held on site.

“People can call me if they are interested in a table,” Welsh said. “They can bring any crafts that they would like to sell.”

Spaghetti dinners can be eaten on site or taken out.

“He (Wiltrout) is just the nicest person, the nicest guy,” Welsh said. “It's really sad what happened, and we are doing what we can to help.”

The church is located at 126 E. Fairview Ave. in Connellsville. Cost for the fundraiser will be $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.

For details on reserving a craft table, call 724-628-5173. To order takeout, call the church at 724-628-7920.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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